Aloe vera is a very versatile plant that can be used for many different things. If you don’t see a method below that fits with your lifestyle, don’t forget that you can always use it as home decor!

1. Skin Care

Aloe vera has wonderful hydrating properties that work well with your skin. The plant’s water-dense leaves, combined with their complex carbohydrates, make it an effective face moisturizer! This plant also has healing properties that are commonly used for sunburns.

2. Mouth Wash

It might be a strange thought, using a plant to clean your mouth, though its quite effective! In a mouth rinse study comprised of 300 people, it was found that 100% pure aloe vera juice held up against the chemical, chlorhexidine, commonly found in mouth wash. Aloe vera kills the plaque-producing bacterium Streptococcus mutans in the mouth.

3. Laxative

Have you been a bit backed up lately? The latex found in this common house plant has been known to treat constipation. Though, interestingly enough, this same plant is an ineffective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

Be careful with how much you consume, the Mayo Clinic recommends only a single dose of 0.04 to 0.17 grams of dried juice to be a sufficient amount.

4. Preservative 

Surprisingly enough, aloe gel can be used to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh! A study done in 2014 found that tomato plants coated in the aloe gel were able to successfully impede the growth of harmful bacteria. This means that the gel can be used to extend the shelf life of your produce.

 

Be sure to consult your doctor before using aloe vera for a medical purpose, especially if you are currently taking medication. 

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